NXT Review – Balor Sends The Drifter Packing

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5/11/16 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Finn Balor def. Elias Samson by pinfall

Finn opened the show in the ring, saying that any of his three matches with Samoa Joe could have gone either way, reminding fans that he won the first two, with Joe winning only the third. Samson entered, singing a typically awful song, then told Finn that he’s nothing without his title. Finn hit him with a Pele Kick, knocking Samson from the ring.

Finn started off their main-event match with a roll-through dropkick, but Samson fought back with two elbow drops. Samson hit a vertical suplex, and Finn answered with a dropkick between the ropes. Finn planted Samson with a Sling Blade and a corner dropkick, followed by Bloody Sunday (which apparently is now called “1916”) to end the match.

After the match, Finn called out Samoa Joe, saying that he wants his rematch. Finn said that he is now possessed, like a demon stalking his prey. Joe entered, but William Regal got in between them, saying that he refuses to let the situation devolve into chaos. Regal booked Finn and Joe in a rematch at the next Takeover special. Finn hit Joe with a plancha and posed over him with the NXT Title to end the mediocre (by NXT’s standards) show.

  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Alex Riley by pinfall: Riley gained the early advantage with chops and a dropkick, screaming “How’s that for strong style?!” Nakamura answered with an inverted exploder suplex and the Kinshasa to polish off the surprisingly brief match. This was fun, but I expected them to get much more time.
  • American Alpha def. Corey Hollis and John Skyler by pinfall: Chad Gable and Jason Jordan dominated the match from the start, aside from a brief period where a cheap shot from Hollis allowed the heel team to isolate Gable in their corner. Gable hit a belly-to-belly on Skyler and tagged in Jordan for a series of suplexes on both opponents. The Revival entered, distracting Alpha momentarily, but not long enough. Alpha hit their sideslam/bridging suplex combo finisher to end the match.
  • Alexa Bliss def. Rachael Ellering by pinfall: Ellering is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering. Seeing as Bliss recently defeated Tessa Blanchard, Corey Graves said that Alexa is “looking to make a name of herself by beating everyone’s children.” Ellering hit a dropkick, but Alexa nailed a Sparkle Splash to finish her off in short order. Nothing much of note here.
  • Austin Aries and William Regal were interrupted in Regal’s office by Blake and Murphy. They all started arguing, until Regal booked Blake and Murphy in a tag match for next week, against Aries and a partner of his choice. I bet that partner of choice is either Eric Young or Bobby Roode, but we shall see.
  • Eric Young cut a backstage promo, saying that he came to NXT to prove himself against the best competition in the world. EY said that WWE is where he’s always wanted to be. Pretty typical “newly introduced babyface” promo.
  • Nia Jax interrupted Bayley backstage, telling her that if they met in the ring again, the outcome would not be the same. Bayley responded that if she’s done it once, she can do it again. I’m not a Nia Jax fan, so this does not excite me.